On October 5, 2000, Mr. Edward S. Knight was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. Mr. Knight served as the Chief Legal Officer of the National Association of Securities Dealers from June 1999 until becoming NASDAQ General Counsel. In his role as General Counsel, Knight is responsible for providing legal counsel to senior management and for overseeing the quality of legal services across the organization. He is also responsible for government relations, listing qualifications and market regulation.
Prior to joining the NASD, Knight served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury from September 1994 to June 1999, where he was the Department's longest-serving General Counsel since the position was created in 1934. Upon his departure, Knight received from Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Department's highest award, for exemplary service to the Department and also received the Honor Award from the Secret Service, which the Department oversees. Before being named General Counsel, Knight served as Executive Secretary and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury.
Prior to his tenure at the Treasury, Knight was with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in its Washington, D.C., office. He joined the firm in 1978 and became a partner in 1982. A Texas native, Knight received his B.A., with honors in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Texas Law School, and sits on the law school's Alumni Board of Directors. Knight is a member of the District of Columbia, Texas, Supreme Court, and American Bar Associations, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Software and Information Industry Association.